Thursday, May 14, 2015

Countdown (-7) - Les Miserables - Churchill - The Yankees

Thursday==>Good morning my loyal and faithful readers and followers. We will get today’s posting started with ...

Billi Pod’s report card on yesterday’s Broadway show ...

LES MISERABLES, the revival of the musical about a Frenchman who steals a loaf of bread and lives to regret it==>A++

This is the same grade that Billi Pod gave it when he saw it on his 80th birthday back on April 23, 2014.

Everything about the show still works. It is a stellar production, without a weak link.

Ramin Karimloo as Jean Valjean is terrific as is Earl Carpenter in the role of Valjean’s archenemy Javert. The electricity between these two characters is palatable.

My discounted TDF ticket for this matinee performance was excellent, row B in the orchestra, house left.

The house was almost sold-out and there were a lot of young people in the audience. The audience was very much into the show and we rewarded the cast with a well-deserved roaring standing ovation at curtain call.

Billi Pod says==>if you haven’t seen this revival yet ... do it now.

It is playing at the Imperial Theatre of West 45th Street, has a running time of 2:55, with one intermission, and is an open run.

Yeah ... I left the theatre with a big smile on my face. 

On the way back to the apartment I picked up some more masking/shipping tape so I could put together some more boxes.

Did that, had a small fruit and cheese plate and then settled in to watch ...

Game 3 of the 4-game YANKEES/RAYS series from that disgrace known as Tropicana Field, in St. Petersburg, FL.

Unfortunately, the Yankees lost 3-2 despite an excellent outing from our starting pitcher Adam Warren. We just couldn’t get the necessary hits with runners in scoring position. Same problem as in Tuesday’s 4-2 loss.

The loss cut our lead over the Rays in the AL East to 2 games.

Tonight at 7:10pm is the final game of the 4-game series.

On the mound for the Yankees (21-14) will be Chase Whitley (1-1) vs. Erasmo Ramirez (0-1) for the Rays (19-16).

Unless something of serious interest shows up on my ticket services, I plan to stay in to watch the game.

Moving on ...

Billi Pod’s entertainment event for today is a matinee performance of an Off Broadway show ...

2:30==>CHURCHILL - “Set in March 1946, at the culmination of World War II, Winston Churchill has been defeated for re-election. Sitting in forced retirement with wife Clementine at his home, Churchill receives an invitation from President Harry S. Truman to speak in Fulton, Missouri.” (Off Broadway - discounted TDF ticket)

This drama opened to mostly favorable reviews and my friends who have seen it have all enjoyed it.

It is playing at New World Stages on West 50th Street, has a running time of 1:50, with intermission, and has been extended through September 13th.

In closing==>At this time (11:00am) one week from today your favorite blogger will be in an empty apartment, waiting for his car service to take him to LGA for his flight down to The Sunshine State ... thus ending one adventure and beginning another.


Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>3.53 miles (or, 7,724 steps)

Total mileage for 2015==>525.33 miles (average 3.95 miles per day)

Billi Pod
“Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.”

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